USE CAUTION when acquiring
Your Domain Name
Once you come up with a catchy Domain
may want to open an account with a registry
service and submit
your DN for registration: if a quick
search determines it is
available, you can register it immediately, so
things get more complicated if you want to determine availability
but you DELAY REGISTRATION to give it some more thought.
While you are thinking, your DN may be getting stolen.
well known that since the beginning of the internet, the problem of
domain name "FRONT-RUNNING"
has existed, and may be a potential threat to you being able to
register your DN. The problem occurs if you use some
registry or other "whois" services to determine if the name is available: Unless you register
once the registrar confirms its availability, hackers may have
time to intercept your DN search, and buy "your" DN cheaply to hold for
you DO want to take your time, there is a safe way to determine its
a pristine pure link directly to the official internic Whois database
(once there, just enter the basic name and extension, such
This locks out any middlemen from peeking. More discussion
and solutions can
be found HERE.
Even so, it's best not to wait longer than necessary -- and
share your new DN even with a friend who might quite innocently check
on the internet.
If you're feeling lazy, you COULD just
proposed website, in quotes: "whatever.com" (use
marks): there may be lots of false negatives (ie, actual
may not show up), but lots will. It's doubtful even hackers
the resources to cull out such searches, from all the other millions of
searches per minute.
BTW, as long as we're
talking about this, ANOTHER threat to getting and keeping your favorite
DN can occur AFTER you acquire it: it only happens if your
name violates trademarks. E.g., don't name
it (e.g.) "HomeDepotCoupons.com"
because once you start using it, you will get a Cease and Desist letter
from HomeDepot / Apple lawyers requiring you to delete or transfer the
DN back to the TM ® owners: you are unlikely to be fined if
company will attempt to steal your very valid DN by making a
spurious claim of Trademark violation against you: this is
called " Reverse Domain
which you can look up on GoogleBing: usually only happens
name is valuable, in which case they have the resources to intimidate a
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